Poetic Justice

Twenty of us gathered at The crown and Anchor to say farewell to Joel and Heidi McKerrow. Joel (a performance poet) and Heidi  (a dancer) came from Melbourne to The Open Gate for ten weeks sabbatical.  Joel has been writing a book and preparing for gigs and recordings.  While here their plans have changed. They now plan to try and establish a retreat house in Tasmania.

Joel gave a Sunday evening performance at St. Mary's and a Friday evening performance at The Open Gate.  He has written a little book in the tradition of Kahlil Gibran - the prophet. Richard Rohr says of Joel: 'The old windows  are not letting in much light. We have waited and asked for better windows, some ways to see the brightness and goodness that we somehow know is there. It is to this deeper, already knowing, that Joel McKerrow appeals.' 

Joel has the longest ginger dreadlocks I have  seen. He writes 'Perhaps the wild ones among us are our only hope in calling us back to our true nature. Wild ones who have not been turned to stone by the far-reaching grasp of the empire and its programme of consumer sedation, the killing of imagination.'

You can find out more on these websites: http://www.joelmckerrow.com 


The second site is about the poetics of justice in which Joel plays a part.

Posted at 14:08pm on 2nd February 2013
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